The three stories in the novel introduce the reader to people who find themselves in exceptionally difficult circumstances.
The first story is about a dairy farmer who is trying desperately to hang-on to the family farm.
The second story centers on a young boy who discovers his beloved hiding place in the nearby forest is being destroyed.
The final tale is about a writer in his early 60’s who is destitute and trying to sell his manuscript in order to care for the grandson he is raising.
All of the short stories are about people who feel helpless and seek a way out of difficulties beyond their control. Unfortunately, the feeling of powerlessness is one which many people encounter at one time or another in various ways. This makes these stories relatable.
The writing is descriptive, but I had difficulty with parts of the second story because of the way in which the author used incorrect grammar to convey the boy’s lacking vocabulary skills. I got hung-up on them because that wasn’t what I took it as while reading.
Still in all, the stories are interesting and convey human suffering. I had hoped for happy endings, but real life doesn’t guarantee those all the time. I congratulate the author for his honesty.